Newbury Park, CA asked in Civil Litigation for California

Q: Do you have to be an attorney to conduct a deposition?

I am a Pro Se Plaintiff and am unable to find the official guidelines for "taking a deposition", and I want to depose one of the defendants witnesses prior to trial... can I do this without being an attorney, and simply just hire the appropriate reporter for the matter?

Related Topics:
1 Lawyer Answer
Sagar Parikh
Sagar Parikh
  • Beverly Hills, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: No, you do not have to be a licensed attorney to take a deposition. If you are in pro per, you have the right to take depositions on your own, without an attorney.

Yes, you would just properly notice the deposition, order a court reporter, and conduct the deposition.

1 user found this answer helpful

Justia Ask a Lawyer is a forum for consumers to get answers to basic legal questions. Any information sent through Justia Ask a Lawyer is not secure and is done so on a non-confidential basis only.

The use of this website to ask questions or receive answers does not create an attorney–client relationship between you and Justia, or between you and any attorney who receives your information or responds to your questions, nor is it intended to create such a relationship. Additionally, no responses on this forum constitute legal advice, which must be tailored to the specific circumstances of each case. You should not act upon information provided in Justia Ask a Lawyer without seeking professional counsel from an attorney admitted or authorized to practice in your jurisdiction. Justia assumes no responsibility to any person who relies on information contained on or received through this site and disclaims all liability in respect to such information.

Justia cannot guarantee that the information on this website (including any legal information provided by an attorney through this service) is accurate, complete, or up-to-date. While we intend to make every attempt to keep the information on this site current, the owners of and contributors to this site make no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information contained in or linked to from this site.